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Konkani Musical Evening to Launch New Album

A musical treat awaits all Goan and more particularly Konkani music lovers when Buyao Theatres Goem holds its mega musical extravaganza at the Pai Tiatrist Auditorium, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao from 6 pm onwards on 28th October 2010.
As a tribute to the founder of Buyao Theatres, Goem; nearly half an hour of the programme will be dedicated to him with his son Sidhanath Buyao singing some of Ulhas Buyao’s evergreen songs including Channeache Rati, Mungllurachea Xarant, etc.
But more interesting is the fact that some of the songs sung by late Ulhas Buyao to stir up the presumably susegad Goan from his complacency at the time of the historic Opinion Poll will also be heard on stage that day.

Child Abuse: Social and Legal Implications

A girl child is damned before the word go. She is considered a curse, a burden and a liability. She is used, abused and misused. Sure we do have laws but she is guilty of a crime, a crime undefined by the Indian Penal Code – the crime of being born a girl in India.

Female Foeticide: Sex determination tests using aminocentesis/ultrasonography are used as sex determination tests to abort the female foetus because of family ‘son craze’.  Many a times I have been asked why the woman complies. The pregnant woman is a victim as she is compelled by circumstances beyond her control to submit to this. If she does not then her living in that house becomes a saga of sorrow. Discrimination on the basis of sex is a structural factor of all ancient societies

Sesa Goa’s Robust Performance in Second Quarter

Sesa Goa Limited (SGL) on Monday announced its unaudited consolidated results for the second quarter and six months ended on 30th September 2010. Consolidated revenues and profit after tax were  918.34 crores and 387.90 crores respectively for the second quarter.
During this period, Iron ore production was stable at 3.2 million tonnes while sales increased by 25% to 2.0 million tonnes compared with the corresponding prior quarter.  Production in the first half of the year was a record 9.6 mt, an increase of 16% over the corresponding prior period primarily due to 1.5 mt from Dempo’s operations. 

Sharon’s Film to Have International Premiere in Kuwait

For the first time in the history of Konkani films an international premiere of the Konkani film Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo? produced by ShaMaz Films (Goa) will be held in the State of Kuwait to give the much needed international exposure for the Konkani films to mark the 60th anniversary of Konkani cinema.
The film will be released on Friday, 22nd October at 3:00 p.m. at Cinescape Metro (Farwaniya) owned and managed by Kuwait National Cinema Co. (KNCC), followed by two other screenings at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm. It will also be screened at 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm the next day i.e. 23rd October while on 24th October, the film will be screened only at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm.

Supreme Court Raps Centre on Mhadei River

The Supreme Court on Monday rapped the Central Government for its inordinate delays in appointing the Water Dispute Tribunal to take up the row between Goa and Karnataka over the latter’s moves to divert the water from Mhadei river to a different basin.

At the last hearing of the case filed by the Goa Government, the Central government had undertaken to set up the tribunal by 18th October. However, when the matter was taken up on Monday, the Additional Solicitor General sought three weeks time to do so.

Colva Fama Celebrated

Thousands of devotees flocked to the Colva church to participate in the famous Fama on Monday where the reportedly miraculous statue of Infant Jesus is brought down from the altar and devotees are permitted to kiss it.

The idol was taken out in a ceremonial procession after the first mass at 5:30 am and washed and then presented to the devotees to kiss. Even though the first mass was at 5:30 am, the church was packed to capacity and crowds were spilling out.

83.08% Voting at Valpoi, ‘Dead’ Man Allowed to Vote

A healthy 83.08 per cent of the total 17,912 voters exercised their franchise on Monday at the by-elections for Valpoi Assembly constituency despite the cloudy weather and heavy rains at times.

While Murmure polling station in Guleli village recorded the highest turn out of 93.44 per cent, the lowest was at Government Primary School at Valpoi with only 64.37 per cent casting their votes.

The elections went on smoothly with no untoward incident reported in the constituency where a strong police force was present.

45 % Vote by Noon in Valpoi

Although the rains played spoilsport dampening many a voter’s spirits, by 12 noon around 43 per cent of the total 17,920 voters in the constituency had exercised their franchise. The...

ITM – International Time-Pass Mart!

Not taking away the intention of the GTDC towards organizing the International Travel Mart 2010, it was a brilliant idea and a fantastic opportunity to showcase Goa to the global audience; but as always we failed in the most basic of responsibility – proper planning and timing.

Let’s take the statement issued to the media about Amitabh Kant attending the ITM Goa as a keynote speaker, for the uninitiated Amitabh Kant was one of the key government officials behind the Incredible India campaign. When I spoke to Amitabh Kant he simple mentioned that GTDC officials and their representatives had approached him but he never confirmed or committed to the attendance, though he would have loved to be there, he had prior commitments. In the end we had to settle for Pradip Madhavji a well-known respected personality in the travel trade but not a man of substance that could command a ‘Wow Factor’ – though his sex anecdotes certainly did.